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Visiting Athens for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do


Visiting Athens for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do

From the glories of the Acropolis to the joys of Greek cooking, Aegean cruises, and sunset views from Cape Sounion, Athens has lots to offer the first-time visitor. Here are all the highlights you should experience on your first trip to the Greek capital.


Cruise the Aegean

Take to the Greek seas.

In the spring, summer, or fall, you can soak up the rays as you cruise the sparkling Aegean Sea. The golden sands of the Athenian Riviera and the rugged Saronic Islands—such as Hydra, Poros, or Aegina—both make great day trips. Santorini requires at least a night’s stay to do it justice.

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Travelers relax on a boat in the Aegean
Cruising the Aegean is a must for first-time visitors. Photo: Anna Psaroudakis / Viator

Tour the Acropolis

It's a sightseeing staple for a reason.

A trip to Athens without scaling the Acropolis is like a trip to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Immerse yourself in the majesty of this ancient hilltop citadel on a walking tour with a guide who knows their gods.

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Feast on Greek food

Feta, olives, and more.

Whether you’re a meze addict and souvlaki hound or new to Greek cuisine, you should make the most of the nation’s fabulous fare. Take a cooking class, join a food tour, and savor a seafood feast in a classic taverna.

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A man stands in a Greek deli in Athens, Greece.
Make time to eat all the Greek staples on your trip to Athens. Photo: Anna Psaroudakis / Viator

Watch the sunset from Cape Sounion

There's always time for temples.

Take a trip to the rugged cliffs of Cape Sounion, where the nearly 2,500-year-old Temple of Poseidon still stands above the sea. The majestic sunset will stay with you for a lifetime.

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Take a day trip into the mountains

Get back to nature.

If time permits, head north into the mountains. Choose between Delphi, a beautifully preserved temple complex that once housed a female prophet, and Meteora, which has ancient monasteries built on towering rock pillars. Better yet, take two days and see them both.

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